Thousands march for climate change action

Marches are taking place in capital cities around Australia to protest a lack of political action on climate change.

The annual Walk Against Warming has been held for the past five years, with organisers calling for a price on pollution and a guarantee to reduce emissions.

Queensland Conservation Council spokesman Toby Hutcheon says this year’s event has been timed to coincide with the federal election campaign.

“This is an opportunity for the community to voice their concerns about this and call upon the next Australian government to take more firm action on climate change,” he said.

In Sydney more than 1,000 people have taken part in the march.

Pepe Clarke, the head of the Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales, says all political parties need to do more to keep up with community views and expectations on the issue.

“What’s lacking is political leadership. We’re doing our bit, it’s time for our political leaders to do their bit,” he said.

“To stand up to powerful vested interests and deliver real commitments to curb pollution and set us on the path towards a clean energy future.”